China-Sarawak ties fur­ther en­hanced

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Sam Chua re­porters@the­bor­neo­ Novem­ber 11, 2018

KUCH­ING: The close co­op­er­a­tion and ties be­tween China and Sarawak have been fur­ther en­hanced through the ef­forts of the Sarawak gov­ern­ment and its peo­ple.

Con­sul Gen­eral of the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China in Kuch­ing Cheng Guangzhong said this when open­ing a sem­i­nar on ‘The Four Decades of China Re­form and Open­ing-up and Co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and Sarawak Malaysia’ here yes­ter­day.

He added that many im­por­tant agree­ments in the fields of in­fra­struc­ture, pro­duc­tion cap­i­tal co­op­er­a­tion and tourism were signed dur­ing the visit by Sarawak Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg and se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials to China re­cently.

‘A se­ries of large-scale projects had been launched in­clud­ing the coal-fired power sta­tion project in Balin­gian and Longji so­lar man­u­fac­tur­ing in Kuch­ing.”

He fur­ther added that Sarawak has be­come a friendly state for Yu­nan and Fu­jian Prov­ince.

Be­sides, he said the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Malaysia and China had wit­nessed sub­stan­tial de­vel­op­ment with China be­ing Malaysia’s largest trad­ing part­ner and source of for­eign in­vest­ment in the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor.

“The past 40 years is one of the most glo­ri­ous pe­ri­ods in China’s 5,000-year his­tory where huge im­pact changes have taken place in China,” said Cheng.

Mean­while at the same event, Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Trade and E-Com­merce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh said that trad­ing be­tween China and Sarawak could be traced back to the an­cient time dur­ing the Tang and Sung dy­nas­ties.

“China and Sarawak have strong his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural ties, close kin­ship re­la­tion­ship and in­ti­mate peo­ple-to-peo­ple re­la­tion­ship,” said Wong who was rep­re­sent­ing Abang Jo­hari.

“Malaysia un­der the new fed­eral gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to look at China as de­vel­op­ment and busi­ness part­ner. We in Sarawak will do the same,” he said de­spite the dis­putes over the con­tracts that Malaysia and China had en­tered into un­der the pre­vi­ous Malaysian gov­ern­ment.

“The close re­la­tion­ship be­tween China and Sarawak had con­trib­uted to the estab­lish­ment of or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Chi­naSarawak cul­tural bod­ies, Sarawak-China Im­port and Ex­port As­so­ci­a­tion and Chi­nese Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try,” he added.

Wong also said that more than 500 en­trepreneurs from Sarawak and China at­tended the SarawakChina Busi­ness Fo­rum 2018 held on Aug 6 and 7 this year.

As of Septem­ber this year, he said that the to­tal trade be­tween Sarawak and China stood at RM12.6 bil­lion, an in­crease of 10.4 per cent com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2017.

The key­note speak­ers at the sem­i­nar were Bank of China (Malaysia) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer (CEO) Wang Hong­wei, The As­so­ci­a­tion of the Boards of Man­age­ment of Aided Chi­nese Pri­mary Schools Kuch­ing, Sa­ma­ra­han and Se­rian Di­vi­sions Sarawak pres­i­dent Jonathan Chai Voon Tok, China Ma­chin­ery En­gi­neer­ing Cor­po­ra­tion on-site man­ager and se­nior en­gi­neer Zhao Xue­jun, SEB Power Sdn Bhd CEO Ung Sing Kwong and In­ter­na­tional Times deputy di­rec­tor Lee Fook Onn.

Also present were Cheng’s wife Gao Cuil­ian and Min­is­ter of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Hous­ing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Cheng (fourth right) presents a sou­venir to Wong as Dr Sim (third right), Gao (sec­ond right) and oth­ers look on.

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